The synthetic soil expertise permits researchers to create soil that resembles that of Ukraine and Thailand
Researchers at Khalifa College of Science and Expertise have developed ‘synthetic soil’ with the mandatory substances and properties required to develop plans and greens within the agricultural sector, in accordance with the UAE’s state-run WAM information company.
A provisional patent has been filed to make sure additional growth of the analysis work and its potential commercialisation, Khalifa College stated in an announcement.
The affected person – which was developed by Dr Saeed Alhassan Alkhazraji, affiliate professor, chemical engineering and researcher Kevin Halique – describes a technique to arrange customisable soil that resembles soils in Thailand and Ukraine.
“Now we have developed a technique that may enable us to make synthetic soil utilizing abundantly obtainable non-fertile sand right here within the UAE,” Dr. Alkhazraji stated.
“Thus the soil is tailor-made to any particular texture and porosity to emulate a number of the well-known fertile soils, such because the Thailand soil which has nice alluvial deposits or the Ukraine black soil, the grassland soil that’s used extensively for rising cereals or for elevating livestock,” he added.
Desert takes up n80 p.c of the UAE’s territory, limiting agricultural actions to a comparatively small space.
Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, govt vice-president of Khalifa Univesity, stated that “we consider the sort of analysis will assist and help not solely the nation’s agriculture sector however may additionally profit these nations with arid areas that lack an acceptable farming atmosphere.”